Vaping and Tobacco

Lesson Plans

E-Cigarettes: A Dangerous Trend

  • Grade level: 6-8 (adapted lesson for 4th-6th grade reading level)
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, worksheet, critical thinking questions, vocabulary lists, and writing prompts
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Teaches students what e-cigarettes are and they associated health risks
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Education Standards, and National Council for Social Studies
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-cigarettes

  • Grades 6-8
  • Includes a PowerPoint presentation
  • Duration: 1 class period (45 minutes)
  • Educates youth on e-cigarettes, including health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes
  • Source: CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

CATCH My Breath: Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Program

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes a series of classroom lessons, peer-led activities, and social and community support designed to increase student’s knowledge of e-cigarettes, nicotine and addiction dangers, while preventing their intended use of the product in the future.
  • Lesson plans educate students about the dangers of e-cigarettes, and awareness of the presence of industry marketing tactics and social pressures to use the products.
  • Duration: 4 lessons that are 35 minutes each
  • Sources: CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, CVS Health
  • To enroll in the free program and access the curriculum, please visit catchinfo.org/enroll
  • Sample Lesson

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens

  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Includes Educator’s Guide and PowerPoint Presentation
  • Teaches the effects of e-cigarettes & vaping on the body, aerosols they produce, and thirdhand smoke
  • Duration: 5+ class periods
  • Standards aligned with: National Health Education Standards, California Health Standards
  • Source(s): Stanford Medicine

E-Cigarettes: Is it Worth it?

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • *All resources also available in Spanish*
  • Includes nurse and educator guide, lesson plan, three activity sheets for students, colorful wall poster, downloadable student toolkit featuring social media to promote learning, parent/guardian letter
  • Teaches facts about the dangers of tobacco product (e.g. e-cigarettes) and targeting marketing
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standard aligned with: National Health Education Standards, National Standards for Science in Personal and social Perspectives, and Common Core State Standards for English, Language Arts, History/Social Sciences, and Science
  • Source(s): Young Minds Inspired Inc.

E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, worksheet, critical thinking questions, vocabulary lists, and writing prompts
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Teaches about the potential risks of electronic cigarettes; how e-cigarette marketing strategies are designed and how they might influence teens; and, critical thinking
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Education Standards, and National Council for Social Studies
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Taking Down Tobacco

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan, parent/guardian letter, activities, videos, class poster, School Nurse teaching kit, and additional resources
  • Teaches students dangers of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes and the deceptions of tobacco marketing
  • Duration: 1+ class periods
  • Standards aligned with: National Health Education Standards, National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences, and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, History/Social Sciences, and Science
  • Source: Young Minds Inspired Inc.

Get Smart About Tobacco

  • Grade level: 6-7
  • Includes lesson plan, student magazine, mini-poster, instructions for hands on experiment, student worksheets, and additional resources
  • Teaches the danger of tobacco on different body systems and the environment
  • Duration: 3 Class Periods
  • Standards: National Science Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Source: Scholastic

Legal Doesn’t Mean Harmless: Brain Power!

  • Grade level 6-8
  • Includes 1 step-by-step module, resources for students, parents guide, and online activities
  • Teaches about negative effects of nicotine and alcohol on the body and brain
  • Duration: 1 class period (with activities (e.g. mock trial on legal drinking age) for subsequent classes)
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Nicotine Addiction

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plans, powerpoints, activities, and discussion guides
  • Teaches students about the adolescent brain, addiction, and nicotine
  • Duration: 3 class periods
  • Source(s): Stanford Medicine

Tobacco Addiction and Secondhand Smoke

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson with student article and pre- and post-lesson quiz
  • Teaches about the effects of nicotine; the dangers of secondhand smoke; and, the dangers of tobacco addiction
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Additional Resources

Mind Matters: Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes Student Booklet

  • Includes tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarette student booklet
  • Focuses on what tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarette are and their addictive properties
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA: Drug Facts

  •  Includes link for Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes
  • Focuses on what tobacco nicotine, and e-cigarettes are, their addictive properties, and their effects on the brain and body
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Teachers and Parents: That USB Stick Might Be an E-Cigarette (Poster)

  • Includes infographic with overview of e-cigarettes
  • Focuses on summarizing e-cigarettes and their risks
  • Source(s): Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

E-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives: Information for Parents, Educators, and Health Care Providers

  • Includes infographic that gives an overview of E-cigarettes
  • Provides brief description of the effects of e-cigarettes on the developing brain, and Helpful next steps for educators, parents, and health care providers about how to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people
  • Source(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Facts about JUUL E-Cigarettes

  • Includes infographic with overview of juuls (e-cigarettes)
  • Description of health risks related to juuling
  • Source(s): Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Vaping Fact Sheet

  • Includes link to order vaping fact sheets
  • Includes information that can be used throughout the community to inform parents about the dangers of vaping, data on youth e-cigarette use and the role of tobacco industry tactics
  • Source(s): Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse